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Friday, 4 January, 2002, 13:24 GMT
Three killed 'in Pakistani shelling'
Indian soldiers
India and Pakistan frequently exchange fire along LoC
India says three children were killed in shelling by Pakistani troops along the Line of Control (LoC) which divides Kashmir between the two countries.

They said Pakistani soldiers opened heavy artillery fire in the Karnah sector.

They said three other civilians were injured and eight houses damaged in the shelling.

It was not immediately known if Indian troops retaliated.

Frequent clashes

India and Pakistan routinely exchange fire along the 740 km (463 mile) ceasefire line or the Line of Control.

The two often accuse each other of initiating firing.

A statement issued by the Pakistan army on Friday accused the Indian army of a second day of "unprovoked firing" along the LoC.

It said the firing followed a similar incident on Thursday when Indian troops targeted the Lipa valley and Aliabad sectors of Pakistan-administered Kashmir.

Kashmiri girl with baby
Civilians often get caught in the crossfire

Brigadier Saulat Raza of the Pakistan army told the BBC that Indian soldiers used medium and heavy guns, mortars and automatic weapons to fire at civilians across the LoC.

He said Pakistani soldiers then attacked Indian army posts to silence them.

Militant killed

Meanwhile, a militant group, Al-Badar Mujahideen, said its deputy chief commander of operations had been killed in a clash with Indian troops in Indian-administered Kashmir.

A spokesman for the group said the commander and one other militant carried out a suicide attack on an Indian army camp on Thursday.

He said the two were killed in retaliatory firing by Indian soldiers.

The group claimed that the Indian army suffered many casualties in the attack but the Indian authorities have made no comments on the incident.

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